How many of you have come back from the store with arms full of fresh produce and you get home, pack it all in the fridge, and you’re like, “Dang! Look how healthy I am”! You have one or two “healthy meals” and then the bounteous drawer of vitamin filled leafy greens and crunchy munchies start to droop, and become very sad. You suddenly don’t have the same resolve to eat the once crisp lettuce or celery sticks because they now resemble the texture of the plastic bag they came home in. I’m guessing most of you have. Do you know why this happens? Moisture. Moisture is a killer and the nemesis to fruits and vegetables everywhere. I was given these tips a few years ago to help combat moisture and help keep me and my veggies to stay happier longer.
Try not to wash your fruit until just before you are going to eat it. (Especially delicate fruits like berries) They do better staying dryer, longer. Waiting to wash helps make sure that the only moisture breaking down your food will be the moisture in you stomach. 😉
Veggies are typically a little heartier, so you can wash them in advance, but if you do, you need to dry them. Sounds like a lot of work? Well, It is unless you use the paper towel trick. Whaa?
1. Thoroughly wash the veggies and shake them off the best you can in the sink.
2. Place the washed veggies in a gallon ziplock bag.
3. Put a couple of clean, dry paper towels in the bag with the veggies.
Voila! Your veggies have been saved! The paper towel does all the work. The only effort you make is to just check on it every few days and if the paper towel is soaked, switch it out with a dry one.
Try these tips with the fruits and veggies you already have in your fridge. Tell me how long you can keep them crunchy!
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